Rafa Lost the Plot
By Steven Howard
AND then there was one. Just one trophy left at the end of a season where so many of football’s prizes have slipped through their fingers.
And if Chelsea start their game in Basel on Thursday week as they set off in yesterday’s semi-final against Manchester City then they can kiss that one goodbye as well.
Not a great deal has made sense at Stamford Bridge this season. And here was another afternoon that had you scratching your head.
Chelsea started so poorly you could only deduce their minds and bodies were still in Moscow. Within a minute of the restart they were 2-0 down and lucky to only trail by that.
At this point, Rafa Benitez was right back in the firing line after the brief truce afforded by Chelsea reaching two semi-finals.